Hemet, California (February 25, 2020) – A California Highway Patrol officer was injured after being struck by a suspected drunk driver in Hemet on Monday evening.
The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said the accident happened on Chicago Avenue near the intersection of Ballew Way at about 5:10 p.m. February 24.
The CHP officer is reported to have attempted to stop 41-year-old Richard Steward who was driving a Volkswagen Passat on Chicago Avenue.
Steward, a resident of Riverside, failed to yield and hit the officer before driving away.
The officers suffered minor injuries in the accident and was transported to an area hospital.
Steward was later apprehended near Mayflower Street and Florida Avenue after a brief chase. He was arrested on suspicion of DUI and assault with a deadly weapon.
No additional information was provided.
An investigation into the accident is ongoing.
What to Do At the Accident Scene
Nobody is ever prepared for an accident. However, knowing what to do in case you are involved in the accident is very crucial. The following steps will help you ensure your safety and the safety of others.
- Stay at the scene and don’t panic.
- Check for injuries and immediately call for an ambulance if anyone is hurt.
- Notify the police even if no one is injured. The police will examine the scene and document the accident. At this point, it is important to record accurate information. You can later request a police report.
- If the accident is minor, it is advisable to move the vehicles to the shoulder and turn on your vehicle’s hazard lights to ensure the safety of other motorists.
- Gather information about the other drivers involved in the accident. Also, talk to witnesses and get their information.
- If possible, take photos of the damage to your car and the surrounding area.
- Do not admit fault or discuss the accident with anyone. Do not sign any papers unless requested by the police.
- Do not leave the accident scene until the police have left.
After leaving the accident scene,
- Contact your insurance company as soon as possible.
- Get a copy of the accident report from the police.
- Get a property damage valuation.
- If you were injured in the accident, keep detailed notes of your injuries and track your medical treatment.
- Contact a reputable personal injury attorney to protect your rights.
- Seek legal advice before you contact your insurer to discuss your car accident claim and compensation for your personal injuries. A qualified attorney will help you recover the maximum amount of damages.